Stop the prescription of the Deadliest Drug on the Market

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                  STOP THE PRESCRIPTION OF FLUOROQUINOLONES

                             THE DEADLIEST DRUG IN THE MARKET

How many times have you had a sinus infection, bronchitis or any type of mild infection? How many times have you taken antibiotics in order to fight that infection? How many times have you been in complete trustworthiness of your doctor’s judgement and experience to successfully treat your illness?

You were prescribed a seemingly harmless antibiotic…

Thirty-nine-year-old Robin Blondeau, a history and geography teacher at the French International School of Hong Kong was a highly active man; always eager to go for a run or a hike. Recently married, he and his wife were looking forward to having children. He was also busy helping others around the world. Over the past few years, Blondeau had developed a non-profit charity project in a water stressed region in Uganda to build a well and eventually a school.

 On the 4th of November 2016, he went to Tseung Kwan O Hospital to treat a simple UTI (urinary tract infection). He was prescribed Levofloxacin by the attending doctor.

He took the antibiotics precisely as instructed, unaware and untold about the potential disastrous side effects that this commonly prescribed drug may have.

 

Suddenly your whole life shatters to pieces.

 Today, Robin Blondeau has neuropathic pain, as well as intense pain in his joints, tendons, and muscles. He cannot lift his arms easily and some days he can’t even walk properly. He has lost six kilograms in one month. His condition is worsening and he may be permanently disabled because of fluoroquinolone toxicity. His work, hence his finances, his family life and his whole future are now all in jeopardy.

 “This medication has brought total havoc into our lives, he says. I know that there will be a before and after of taking the antibiotic. Many victims of the fluoroquinolones developed huge neuropathic pain which destroyed their lives. I am hoping to recover but I know that it might take years.”

 All this because Mr Blondeau was prescribed a common antibiotic in a public hospital in Hong Kong?

 

This common drug is in fact extremely dangerous and the side effects can be devastating

 Actually, this group of antibiotics that includes drugs like Cipro and Levaquin is not that benign at all.

In July 2016, a team at ABC acquired FDA documents showing that the number of serious adverse reactions to Levaquin has soared to 200,000—including at least 3,000 deaths, hence its nickname as the Deadliest Drug in the Market!

 A statistically unobtainable amount of people across the globe is suffering from fluoroquinolone toxicity which has caused disabling and in many cases permanent side effects that affect the tendons, muscles, joints, nerves, and central nervous system, highly negatively impacting their lives.

 People who have been poisoned by this dangerous antibiotic are not being recognised by doctors in order to “protect” themselves and the pharmaceutical companies that are producing, such as Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals (a Johnson & Johnson company).

 

 This petition aims to raise awareness to the potential catastrophic effects of a drug that is still commonly prescribed every day in Hong Kong public Hospitals.

 We ask the Hong Kong government to immediately stop the prescription of fluoroquinolones for common infections.

 By signing, you would contribute to stopping the prescription of Cipro and Levaquin for common infections in Hong Kong and possibly worldwide!

 

 “It’s unbelievable that this kind of drug is on the market.

We need to wake up and do something to avoid

the destruction of any more lives due to this kind of medication”

-       Robin Blondeau, 39

 

 

 



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